Today’s Thinking Out Loud reflection is on Harper Lee’s work, To Kill a Mockingbird.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
Note: I think about parent – child relationships. I loved my dad, understanding him takes more work. He was one of eleven children of Italian immigrants. His father died when he was 14. He quit school in 8th grade to go to work in a shoe factory to help support his family. My dad and mom were married during the great depression. He was drafted during WWII and fought in Europe. I will never have the experience of his anxieties, fears, or doubts. Nor will I understand where he found the inner strength to go forward and raise a family. Like my dad, we all have stories. Our stories are similar, yet vastly different. The way we experience our story creates the person we are today. Perhaps the good way to understand another is to listen non-judgmentally to their story and appreciate the challenges they overcame to get to the present moment.